Summer 2020 Programs

Dear 2020 campers:

In prioritizing camper safety and aligning with Rice University’s latest COVID-19 guidelines, we are transitioning all summer 2020 programming to online camps. While we will miss seeing all your bright faces in-person, our top priority remains keeping our campers safe during this pandemic.

8th-12th Grade Online Student Camp

The Tapia Center at Rice is excited for this opportunity as it allows more students and educators a chance to participate virtually while maintaining the same academic rigor our camps are known for. The virtual Camp will be led by graduate facilitators, and participants will be able to interact with Rice University Professors and Rice University students. Students will receive a box of all materials needed to develop their engineering challenge at home. You can learn more and sign up for a virtual camp here.

Please reach out to the Tapia Center: tapiacenter@rice.edu with questions.

K-12th Grade Online Educator Workshop

Are you a K-12 educator wanting to develop an interdisciplinary project using Project Based Learning (PBL)? Then the Online Tapia Workshop for Professional Development is for you. Experience PBL first hand as a student and as a teacher. Learn how to assess, integrate your content standards, and even integrate language standards to meet the needs of all students. Develop a lesson to use when you return with your students! Participants under 18 years of age are not allowed in the K-12 educator camp. Click here for more information!


Tapia Camp was a major factor in my decision to be a STEM major. The team projects and guidance from university students gave me my first introduction to the work environment in college classes, eventually persuading me to actually enjoy the challenge of more difficult courses. I also apply many of the skills I learned at the camp, such as effective public speaking and teamwork, in many of my classes in college. In addition, the camp was my first exposure to Rice University, and remembering how it felt back then makes me all the more excited to now be a student here. Overall, Tapia Camp was an invaluable experience that I will always be grateful for.

-Cordero L. Sharyland ISD

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